Welcome to the Chicago chapter of the National Organization for Women. We are dedicated to furthering feminist issues for the women of Chicago. We pride ourselves on being part of ‘the city that works,’ a city with a long history of activism. Our intention is to make a difference in the lives of the women in our city by dedicating ourselves to several key projects each year, and through community outreach and political activities.

We Will Not Go Back!

Tomorrow (March 2nd, 2016), the Supreme Court will hear the biggest abortion case since Roe v. Wade. Members of FURIE (Feminist Uprising to Resist Inequality and Exploitation) and other local activists will be demonstrating and marching to show our support for abortion & reproductive health care access for all.

From the event page on Facebook: “The case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, will decide the constitutionality of Texas’s TRAP legislation that places medically unneccesary burdens on abortion providers in order to shut clinics down. Similar laws have already been imposed in 24 other states, and currently 6 states only have one abortion provider left. Access to the rights Roe v Wade granted are hanging by a thin thread.”

If you’re interested in showing your support, come down to Federal Plaza (50 W. Adams) tomorrow night at 5:30 p.m.

For more information visit the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/956158084470329/

Open Call For Artists: Give Your Choice A Voice 2016!

Are you an artist, musician, poet, storyteller, essayist, comedian or performer interested in exploring choice and empowerment? We want you to share your stories for Give Your Choice A Voice 2016!

The Chicago Chapter of the National Organization of Women (CNOW) will be hosting the sixth annual “Give Your Choice a Voice” event on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 at Township in Logan Square.

We are bringing together pro-choicers from across the city for a chance to be a part of a safe, positive space to engage in the dialogue on reproductive choice including abortion, contraception, pregnancy, miscarriage, fertility, gender identity and transition, and much more! Anything relating to choice and the body, however you define it. It’s your body; it’s your choice and we want to hear your story! In addition to personal testimonies, the evening will also feature musical and spoken word performances, professional storytellers, as well as woman made artwork.

The reproductive justice awareness event is an opportunity for the community to get to together and tell their stories about how issues around reproductive justice, choice and agency affect their lives. It’s been an intense few years for reproductive rights. We’ve seen attacks on Planned Parenthood, states valuing a fetus over a woman, women being called sluts for advocating for access to the pill and politicians routinely using women’s rights as a playing chip in their game. People are fed up but more than anything people just want a chance to be heard, to tell their stories. This is an opportunity for you to tell your story, and support other members of the community as they tell theirs. If you are a writer, performer, storyteller or simply a person with something to say, we want to hear your stories on these issues.

Activists, representatives from different women’s organizations and audience members will be telling their stories and in between stories local bands will play while the audience has a dialogue about reproductive rights and issues. We will be sharing information about the event beneficiary and performers in the coming weeks. If you are interested in performing or volunteering for this event, please email us with your submitted piece/a short description of your story or performance and a short bio at chicagonow.org@gmail.com. Looking forward to a great event this year!